asked the Minister of Health whether the Medical Whitley Council have yet reached agreement on the pay of hospital medical staff.
Yes, an agreement has just been reached. Details are given in the following announcement issued by Committee B of the Medical Whitley Council:Committee B of the Medical Whitley Council have reached agreement on increases in the rates of pay of hospital medical staff which have been in operation since 1948.The agreement, which has effect from 1st April, includes the following provisions:
The details of the new arrangements are being worked out by the two sides of Committee B, and the full agreement will be transmitted to the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland as soon as it is ready. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have told the Committee that we are prepared to approve this agreement. We estimate its cost at about £3¼ million in a full year.